As the first year of President Donald Trump’s tenure nears its conclusion, one of his most prominent supporters has emerged as a powerful force in the West Wing, where he is expected to be confirmed as the next commander in chief.
Former President Barack Obama’s choice for secretary of homeland security, Lisa Monaco, a lawyer who served in the Bush administration, is a vocal critic of Trump’s policies.
But she also has become a favorite of Trump, who has repeatedly praised her for her work in the government and praised her role as a lobbyist.
Monaco’s role in the Trump administration has been a major story this year.
On Wednesday, she told reporters that the president has not taken the time to appoint a secretary of state for his first year in office.
“He hasn’t even asked me,” Monaco said.
“And we haven’t even gotten the president’s nomination yet.
So I think it’s not a stretch to say that, for him to make this decision, he is not thinking about the future of the country.
It’s not about his presidency, it’s about his ego.
It is about the political advantage that he sees that he can get.”
Monaco’s office confirmed her statement to The Associated Press.
In addition to being a lobbyist, Monaco has also represented companies in which she has represented clients in the U.S. Senate.
Monaco was the top lobbyist for the defense contractor Lockheed Martin during the George W. Bush administration and the second-highest-paid lobbyist in the country, according to lobbying disclosures filed with the Justice Department.
She joined Lockheed Martin in 2006 after working at the National Security Council under then-President George W., according to a 2013 biography of her.
Monaco has represented Boeing in a lawsuit that could result in billions of dollars in damages.
In a 2014 profile of her, Politico magazine noted that her work for Boeing had a “toxic legacy” and that the company had a history of retaliating against employees who criticized its leadership.
“Boeing was so powerful that no one wanted to speak up.
The only thing they did was sue their employees,” the article quoted a former executive who worked for Boeing as saying.
“I don’t know what the result is going to be, but they are going to have a lot of lawyers working on it.”
She has defended Trump on several occasions.
Last month, she was asked about Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, who was leading the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
She responded that Trump fired Comey because he was not doing a good job, even though he was working hard to investigate the Russian interference in the election.
Monaco said that she had worked on several investigations with Trump and that they were conducted with the “same level of integrity.”
“It’s really hard for me to be honest, because I have never met the president,” Monaco told the AP.
“We’re just doing our job, doing what the law requires.”
Monaco also has criticized Trump for the president-elect’s response to the hurricanes that devastated Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico in 2016 and 2017.
“People are really angry, but at the end of the day, we are going through a very difficult time right now, with the economic downturn, and the natural disasters, and things are not getting better,” Monaco has said.
In an interview with Fox News last month, Monaco defended her criticism of Trump.
“What people are trying to do is not to attack me, because that’s not going to get me anywhere, ” Monaco said, according, to Fox.
“They are just trying to undermine me, trying to delegitimize me.”